After Manchester United’s defeat by Young Boys, this Tuesday, in the 1st round of the Champions League, the technician of red devils, Ole Gunnar Solskajer, was asked why he took Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes off the field in the middle of the 2nd half.
The English media pointed to the departure of the Portuguese duo as the main reason for the defeat of the “Red Devils”, as the Young Boys gained even more ground after the substitutions.
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In addition, the Swiss victory goal came just after a wrong retreat by Lingard, who had entered CR7’s place by Solskjaer’s determination.
At the post-match press conference, the Norwegian coach stated that Cristiano and Bruno were tired, as they had played 90 minutes against Newcastle, last Saturday, for the Premier League, and needed rest.
“The game was already over 70 minutes long, and they had already run a lot both Saturday and today. So I wanted Nemanja (Matic)’s experience to hold the ball in front and Jesse (Lingard’s) legs to run on the counterattacks,” explained Solskjaer.
Asked if he found Wan-Bissaka’s direct red card, 35 of the 1st time, the coach agreed.
“Aaron (Wan-Bissaka) stretches his leg too much and even hits the ball, but then he also hits the opponent’s ankle. You can’t argue (against the referee’s decision),” he analyzed.
With this Tuesday’s result, Young Boys has 3 points and takes the lead in group F, while Manchester United goes to the bottom.
At 4 pm (GMT), Villarreal and Atalanta play the other game of the day in the bracket to determine the classification of the 1st round.